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Corneal transplant - normal anatomy

Normal anatomy

The cornea is the clear covering of the eye over the colored iris and the pupil.


Indications

Indications

Corneal transplantation is recommended for:


Incision

Incision

Corneal transplant is done with the patient awake and pain-free (local anesthesia). An incision is made around the outer edge of the cornea.


Procedure

Procedure

The damaged cornea is removed and the corneal graft is stitched in place. The corneal graft is a transplant from a brain dead donor maintained on life support.


Aftercare

Aftercare

Transplanted corneas have a long life expectancy. The benefits of corneal transplant are significant, and include significant improvement in vision.


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Review Date: 8/18/2020  

Reviewed By: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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